National Restaurant Association Show Debuts 2013 Trends

Flavorization and healthy foods, among show floor themes. The 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show), took place Saturday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 21, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The show is the most comprehensive trade show for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry in the U.S. and abroad. This year’s 94th annual


Laura Graham Joins NACS as Marketing Specialist

Laura Graham has joined NACS as a marketing specialist. Graham previously worked at NACS, serving as marketing coordinator from 2011 to 2012. Most recently, she served as manager of global marketing & communications at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Earlier, Graham worked for Double Eagle Promotions & Giant Ideas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based marketing agencies. Graham


GMCW Announces Certification

GMCW, which offers beverage and foodservice equipment,  announced the certification of its Crathco division’s Quality Management System to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. This certification is part of GMCW’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and customer service. To meet ISO 9001:2008 standards, Crathco underwent a stringent evaluation process that included quality management system development, documentation review,

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Family Express Reaches “The Cloud”

Partners with 3xLOGIC. Family Express announced that it has chosen 3xLOGIC, Inc., a developer of intelligent video solutions, as its provider of video surveillance solutions beginning May of 2013. This is another innovative way that Family Express uses technology to enhance overall operational efficiency and deliver outstanding customer service. The 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Video Management System

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Mars Donates To Habitat For Humanity

Donation to help fund the construction of homes in Chicago’s south suburbs. To show appreciation to Chicago for being home to the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo and to honor the tradition and history of the confectionery industry here, Mars Chocolate North America presented a check to Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs during the


Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at the NACS Show Closing Session

“Her presentation continues our long-standing tradition of having the world’s top leaders share their insights and insider’s perspective at the NACS Show,” says NACS Vice Chairman of Convention. The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, has been named as a speaker at the NACS Show, which


Phillips 66 Partners With OpenStore

“We are excited to align with the well-recognized GasBuddy brand,” says president of global marketing for Phillips 66. OpenStore by GasBuddy, a multi-channel digital marketing solution for convenience store chains, has partnered with Phillips 66, owner of gas station brands Phillips 66, Conoco and 76. OpenStore will be launching new Websites and mobile apps for

National Advisory Group (NAG) Relaunches Young Executives Organization (YEO)

Ben Jatlow, vice president and general manager of High’s of Baltimore, named board chairman of the convenience store industry’s only group focused exclusively on young and next generation executives. As the convenience store and petroleum industry continues to evolve, training the next generation leaders of tomorrow is more important than ever before. To help young


Pump & Pantry Opens Prototype Store in Nebraska

Bosselman’s ever-expanding group of Pump & Pantry convenience stores is expanding with a store design and Cinnabon quick-service restaurant. The new store, according to The Omaha World Herald, features a traditional Pump & Pantry store, Cinnabon and a Bones’ BBQ, which prepares lunch and dinner items fresh onsite. The store also showcases the new “hometown”

FCC Outages Point to Higher Gasoline Prices in June

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A trio of unexpected gasoline producing unit outages in Illinois, Wyoming, and Kansas, atop of already low supply in the Midwest spiked regional gasoline prices to start out the second half of May, and in front of Memorial Day in what is known as the kickoff to

Kids to Eat Free at TA, Petro Stopping Centers this Summer

TravelCenters of America Invites Kids to Eat Free All Summer Long at TA and Petro Stopping Centers Full-Service Restaurants TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is upping the stakes in the foodservice business. The company is inviting all kids to eat free for the summer. From May

Dunkin’ Donuts Sets its Sights on North Carolina

Dunkin’ Donuts said it is recruiting franchisees in multiple North Carolina markets, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, to grow its chain of coffee shops. Currently, there are 44 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout the state. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in North Carolina is part of the company’s long-term goal to more than double its


Flying J Brings Fresh Marketplace To Cotulla, Texas

New travel plaza marks Flying J’s 40th in Texas. Pilot Flying J recently opened a Flying J Travel Plaza in Cotulla, Texas, featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the second location of PJ Fresh Marketplace, the company’s new, fast casual dining concept. As part of Pilot Flying J’s commitment to making life better for


Minnesota Tax Bill Impacts Cigarette Prices

Bill to raise $2.1 billion in new revenue. The Minnesota House has passed a tax bill that would include a $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase, and up the OTP tax rate to 95%, greatly impacting retailers who sell tobacco products in the state. The bill could raise revenue $2.1 billion and would also up

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California Consumers To See High Gas Prices?

Feds and State bless Tesoro purchase of BP Refinery and Arco stations. A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today. The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of

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NACS Consumer Fuels Survey Reveals Trends

Consumer pessimism drops, as economic confidence slowly returns. Eight-five percent of Americans taking vacations this summer will be traveling by car—and more than four in five (82%) will be stopping at convenience stores along the way, according to consumer responses captured in the May 2013 NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. Besides gas purchases, 82% of vacationers


Halloween Treats

Next Halloween, expect new, improved and returning favorites from Mars Chocolate North America. In 2012, Mars’ Halloween chocolate items maintained significant distribution increases throughout the season, and the company had five of the top 10 selling items (IRI MULOC 2012). Consumers have multiple Halloween needs—from decorating, snacking and baking to parties and trick-or-treating. Mars answers


Kum & Go Opens New Store in Muskogee

New store features more square footage focused on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go has announced the opening of a new Kum & Go store today in Muskogee, Okla. at 2400 E. Hancock Road. This newly constructed store replaces an older store that had been located at 2301 S. York St.

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Crisis Management 101 for C-Stores

By: David Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. As is (sometimes painfully) obvious, today’s C-Store customer enjoys the benefits an ever-expanding number of choices with regards to their C-Store visits. Most locations drawing from the same pool of employees and categories, and pricing competition just creates a “race to the bottom” environment. One of

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TravelCenters of America Launches Professional Driver Wellness Program

Program in partnership with ‘The President’s Challenge’ rewards healthy choices. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has launched its ‘Get Moving. Stay Fit.’ Program designed to help professional drivers live a healthier lifestyle by focusing on nutrition and physical fitness. The program was designed in

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Roo Cup Campaign Recognized

Public relations agency wins Best in Show for the second year in a row with Kangaroo Express Roo Cup campaign. Largemouth Communications, a full-service public relations firm based in Raleigh-Durham, earned “Best in Show” for the second year in a row—this year for its creativity and meaningful client results around the Kangaroo Express Roo Cup


Susser Holdings Completes Refinancing of Senior Notes

Susser Holdings Corp. has completed the refinancing of $425 million of 8.5% senior notes due 2016 using approximately $235 million of capacity under its recently expanded $500 million revolving credit facility, along with available cash. The notes were called at a price of 104.25%. Including the $18.1 million call premium and approximately $4 million of


Hess, Elliott Reach Agreement

Three Elliott Capital Management nominees to join Hess board, while Hess splits roles of chairman and CEO. Hess and Elliott Capital Management have reportedly reached an agreement that gives board seats to three nominees by the activist hedge fund, News & Observer Online reported. Hess Corp. on Thursday reported that in return for the addition


Super Pantry Launches New Website and Mobile App

Partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy. Super Pantry, operated by Tri Star Marketing Inc., has launched a new branded Super Pantry Website and free mobile app. The Website officially rolled out in April as did the free Super Pantry mobile app. The app showcases updated gas prices, locations, in-store promotions and more.  Customers can send feedback

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TravelCenters of America Opens New TA Travel Center

New  Mocksville, N.C. site includes a sit down restaurant and a fully-stocked travel store, among other features. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA travel center, located at I-40, Exit 170 (1670 U.S. Hwy 601 North)